AN ABUSIVE drunk who subjected people to aggressive rants has been jailed.

Michael Jones was under court orders to curb his poor behaviour in Eastbourne.

But the unemployed 48-year-old continue to be angry towards people, businesses, and police in the town.

Jones rejected all offers of help.

He became known for spitting, verbal abuse and violence in the town centre, often in full view of families and visitors.

Courts previously imposed an antisocial behaviour order on him, but Jones was guilty of three breaches of the order.

He failed to show up to his hearing at Hastings Magistrates’ Court, but police found him in Eastbourne town centre.

“Jones’s actions towards police have included verbal abuse, spitting and physical violence, almost always when drunk,” police said.

Meanwhile others have also been subjected to his antisocial behaviour.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said: “We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour. Eastbourne should be a safe place for people to live in, work in and visit, and we will not hesitate to take action against persistent offenders.

“In this case Jones chose to disregard the orders placed on him by the court and rejected all offers of help.

“His behaviour continued in such places as Terminus Road and Eastbourne Job Centre Plus in full view of families and children.

“That is not acceptable and jailing him sends the right message that we want our community to be a safe place.”

Jones, of no fixed address, was jailed for 18 weeks.